chromium no longer maintained

John Moser john.r.moser at
Tue Sep 4 10:49:15 UTC 2012

On 09/04/2012 03:44 AM, Jordon Bedwell wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 2:35 AM, Nicolas Michel
> <be.nicolas.michel at> wrote:
>> You have wrong. Chromium is and ever was the core of the web browser from
>> Google. And it is open source (there was no before, no after, no fork - it
>> is the core). Google Chrome is that core, plus a certain amout of code which
>> is not open-source and so, you don't have access to the source code of
>> Google Chrome itself (which is a packages chromium + other codes).
> While I don't completely understand what you are saying I will attempt
> to refute it. Please do research before stating somebody is wrong: "In
> September 2008, Google released a large portion of Chrome's source
> code as an open source project called Chromium [2], which Chrome
> releases are still based on." [1]
> [1]
> [2]
> While today Chrome may be be based off of Chromium, originally
> Chromium was based off of Chrome. Chrome is the original, Chromium is
> the fork.  I am correct as I stated exactly that. So I repeat again,
> stop spreading lies and use fact and truth please.  Thanks and have a
> great day sir.
No, it works like this:

  - Google releases Chrome (Closed source)
  - Google open sources Chrome... mostly:  parts are proprietary, so 
they shuffle those into the closet and release most of it, shaped up 
into working order and ready to accept their proprietary code.  This new 
open-source Chrome is called "Chromium" since "Google Chrome" is a 
particular brand (it's the name of Google's browser)
  - Chromium also runs on Linux, so Linux distributions package Chromium
  - Google continues to work on Chromium and on their Chrome patch set, 
releasing Chromium as source code and the Chrome browser as a compiled 

Chromium is just Google Chrome without some of Google's secrets.

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